March 2009

Discipleship in Action?

  Hmm… well, maybe you should check out the video first and then I can comment.         As you can tell, here is a guy trying to teach the world how to use chopsticks. Now, it really doesn’t matter to me that this person is from the lighter hue (a.k.a. Caucasian), but I guess what is important is that he is trying to apply a principle in life. There are probably a...

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Staying True to Your Roots

  I don’t know how many of you are Honest Tea fans, but I had some for the first time when I was down in Texas; and it tasted really good. They jumped out into the market with their branding of using organic ingredients and some funky combinations of flavors. This kind of explains their higher prices. Now I will confess that I have never really cared that much if something that I ate was...

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From Lifestage to Lifestage

  I was refreshed this week as I met up with some of our church members. One conversation in particular stuck out for me. As I was meeting with the member, we talked about going through various lifestages; and he shared some of his perspective on “how” he decided to go through the transition for this coming year. As I was listening, I was blessed to hear some of the steps he was going to...

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Lessons from Pandora

Photo by nowpublic.com     I love Pandora. For those of you who have not tried it yet, you should. It is free music on the internet. I always have it on as I am working on my laptop. In fact, I have about 50 different stations that I have created over the years. The music ranges from opera, classical, hip-hop to Hillsong and everything in between except for heavy metal. Recently, there was a...

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Should We Be Controversial?

Photo by NYTimes     Bill Ellis writing for ASSIST News Service wrote an article that asks the question, “Should the Church and its Ministers be Controversial?” Now, I know that there are pastors and church leaders who are controversial for controversy sake. They experience great joy from inciting controversy and “ticking” people off. Then there are others who just hate interpersonal conflict; and since they want to be in constant harmony with everyone, they...

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The Need for Evaluation?

Photo by Carmody Consulting     John Ortberg wrote an article for Leadership Journal that was pretty insightful. He addressed the topic of “evaluation.” It is clear that there are many people who do not evaluate themselves and their ministry. Ortberg writes, “Some people refuse to ask any questions about effectiveness at all, on the grounds that facing up to ineffectiveness would just be too painful. They run on the ‘if I can help one...

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Is Boo-ing Allowed?

Photo by Kentucky Sport Radio     Recently, one of my church members forwarded an article to me that drew my attention. The article is titled, “Why Not Boo?” It was written by Terry Teachout, a drama critic for the Wall Street Journal. He was writing how at the famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York City there was booing after the premiere of Mary Zimmerman’s production of Bellini’s “La Sonnambula.” Now, I love opera;...

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Bringing the Old with the New

      Now this is how nun-chucks are supposed to be used. Believe it or not, I used to practice using nun-chucks on a regular basis when I was in high school. I don’t what it was but I got into this phase of martial arts. Confession: yes, I had the ninja stars and everything. It is now hard to see the nun-chucks around. They have become more of the old school martial arts...

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Some Observations about Twitter

Photo by Twitter     I don’t know how many of you are fans of Twitter, but it is taking the social network by storm. I have a feeling that it might supersede Facebook one day – kind of like what Facebook did to Xanga… if you are still using Xanga, I really don’t know what to say. Now that I have offended some people (Xanga users), there are some observations that I made regarding...

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Lessons from St. Patrick’s Day

History.com Photo     It is amazing how many people were out and about today because it was St. Patrick’s Day. One of the staff pastors told me that he even saw a long line outside a bar in downtown Ann Arbor at 6:15AM as he was driving to morning prayer. Then when we went out to campus for lunch there were a lot of people dressed up in green and gathering at – yup,...

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Trip Out Chicago 3.15.09

It has just been about 24 hours since I landed in O’Hare airport yesterday, but already it has been an awesome time catching up with people and also ministering God’s Word. Yesterday, I met up with the leaders at HMCC-Chicago and re-casted the vision, as well as gave the leaders an update of the church plant in Jakarta. Since time is always short in Chicago, I have to be strategic in trying to meet up...

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Leadership Lesson: Glamour, Gain and Glory – 3 Servant Killers

Photo from “The Passion of Christ”     Ever since 1996, I have been trying to teach the members in our church the importance of servanthood. This entails serving God with humility and constantly checking our motives for doing what we do. A lot of times when we examine our hearts, we have to confess that our motives are tainted. The interesting thing about this is that we do not discover this until something happens...

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Twitter + Etiquette = Twitterquette

    As you know, Twitter is taking over the internet. In fact, I find myself on Twitter more than Facebook and other social networks. My blog is second to Twitter when it comes to communicating things. For some time now, I have not “followed” everyone that has decided to follow me. My thought was – “Are you crazy? How in the world are you supposed to follow every single person that follows you?” By...

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Leadership Lesson: Why is Change So Hard?

Photo by Zazzle     Albert Einstein coined the adage “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The reality is that people love the status quo. It is usually correlated with our love for comfort. This is why sometimes, as people get older, it is harder to change (or believe in change) because change has too much risks involved. When we think about change, it creates feelings within...

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